Flirting at the Funeral review

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“Chris Keil’s third novel, Flirting at the Funeral, opens with a disturbing image: a dead cow, floating downriver, close to the campus of a Welsh college. The second chapter sees a school teacher showing his charges around a French town, where Nazi soldiers herded people to their death – a neat verbal echo of something we’ve seen in the opening chapter. The novel continues in this vein, with the past reverberating against the present, of events long passed being mirrored in the present. Chris Keil is too sensitive a writer to ever make these connections blunt: we must work at them, tease them out through careful reading. That he has such control over his language, is assured in his use of poetry, we are comfortable diving into the depths with him.”  Ben Dutton, December 2012




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